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Liam Shaw: Slime!, 21 April 2022

Slime: A Natural History 
by Susanne Wedlich, translated by Ayça Türkoğlu.
Granta, 326 pp., £20, November 2021, 978 1 78378 670 1
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... against conscious matter (‘being-for-itself’). There are mucilaginous monsters in Susanne Wedlich’s Slime that Sartre might have found even more horrendous than octopuses. The hagfish transforms seawater into a suffocating slime ‘that will even gag a shark’. Anomalocaris was a metre-long armoured shrimp-like creature – mercifully ...

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